PETALING JAYA: Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos has slipped through police custody.
The controversial political figure was under police remand at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital's premium ward after he was charged there with three offences on Friday.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said bail was set for RM3,000 for each offence.
"However, before the bail was processed, he went missing," SAC Fadzil said when contacted.
A source said that Jamal was discovered missing by Shah Alam Court assistant registrar Rahasbiah Abd Rahman around 5.30pm, just as she was about to grant him bail.
Police have launched a manhunt called Ops Tutup to find him.
Jamal, 48, was charged with committing public nuisance by breaking bottles containing alcoholic drinks with a hammer and causing disaster, danger and public nuisance in front of an exit gate of the Selangor State Secretariat building at 10.15am on Oct 5.
He was accused under Section 290 of the Penal Code, which carries a fine of up to RM400 if convicted. He claimed trial.
His lawyer Mohd Nasir Yusof asked for RM2,000 bail while Deputy Public Prosecutor Megat Mahathir Megat Tharif Afendi offered bail of RM4,000.
The magistrate then set bail at RM3,000 pending mention on June 8 at the Shah Alam magistrate's court.
Jamal had smashed the bottles in front of the building as a symbol in protest of a beer festival.
Jamal Yunos charged over booze-smashing stunt at Selangor State Secretariat